Seminar: Animals in the Anthropocene

Much of the discussion on the Anthropocene has centred upon anthropogenic global warming and climate change and the urgency of political and social responses to this problem. However, assessing the effects of human activity on the planet requires more than just the quantification of ecological impacts. It requires recognising and …

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Streetdogs in Mauritius

Mauritius is confronted with a serious problem of dog overpopulation which, according to last survey conducted in 2013 by the Humane Society International (HSI), the Global arm of Humane Society of the USA, was estimated to around 246,000 heads. Whereas, a large part of the dog population is confined by …

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Gorillas in the Snow

Thousands of primates are held in captive conditions worldwide, where they are routinely exposed to different stimuli compared to their natural environments. Primates develop a wide range of behaviours, shaped by their environments, which differ in frequency, form, context and/or intensity from the behaviour of their wild conspecifics . This …

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Human Animal Sustainability Fund

The goal is to support scientific research at UM that is focused on sustainable human-animal relationships that improve the welfare of humans and animals. More specifically, the fund will support research into the role of animals (including domestic animals) in optimising human health. This can include supporting PhD research, stimulating …

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Report Emotions Pets

A report describing the results of a Dutch questionnaire regarding the emotions of pets is online available. Het rapport van het onderzoek naar de emoties van honden en katten staat online.  Meer dan 1000 ingevulde enquêtes werden geretourneerd. Alhoewel uit de gehele wereld afkomstig (de enquête was zowel in het Nederlands als …

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Keynote: Human-animal interactions: a sustainable relationship?

Keynote presented by prof.dr. Pim Martens at the IAHAIO annual symposium 24-26 July 2014 Amsterdam “Bridging Cultural and Disciplinary Boundaries in Human-Animal Interactions” If we look at the many sustainability indicators that have been developed over the years, it is striking to see that animal-wellbeing, also in the field of animal assisted interventions hardly plays a …

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Blog: Sustanimalism

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated” Mahatma Gandhi said many years ago. Somewhere between this observation and the sustainability debate in recent years, it has gone wrong. If we look at the many sustainability indicators that have been developed over the …

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